Contrary to popular belief, the Kyrenaians are not muslims. Much rather, the Kyrenaians are Polytheists with three main goddesses, namely Han-’Ilat, sometimes called the Lioness, Al-Uzza and Manat, respectively the Mother-Goddess, the Goddess of the Morning Star and the Goddess of Moon and Fate. In addition to that, there are quite a few other Gods and Goddesses.
Han-’Ilat, often depicted with a Desert Lioness (thus being called the Lioness) by her side, is the patroness of Mothers, Homes, the Sultanate itself, the land and of fertility. She gave her own ability to reproduce so that her charges, humans, could reproduce by the plenty.
Al-Uzza is often depicted in lamellar armour, with a short axe in hand and a shield close to her, which is only natural, considering she is the Goddess of the Morning Star and of Fighting. As a war-diety, however, she does not stand for senseless slaughter, but for strategy and tactics, as well as logistics (which was officially added rather lately). Her consort is Bel, the God of Weather, Fertility and Mountains.
Manat is the most enigmatic of the three, usually depicted with a horn of plenty. She is also the one responsible for fate, weaving the Threads of Life into the Tapestry, the chronicle of all that was, is and will be - weaving along as time progresses. She has most importantly patronage over Merchants and businesspeople, their businesses, as well as trade, art and crafts.
Creation Myth - The Birth of the Gods (abridged)
In the beginning, Han-'Ilat slept, to be awoken by a Desert Lioness' Roar, before she went to work in creating her children - Al-Uzza, Manat and Malakbel (God of the Sun) were born. But her three children were quickly bored, so they set out to create he creation, the world and watching it being barren amd infertile.
In order to help them with their work, their Mother gave her own fertility to the world, so that grass and plants could grow and that life emerged soon after, including humans. From that day, the Kyrenaians worshipped Han-'Ilat as their Mother-Goddess, the others as their Gods as well.
Worship to Malakbel diminished over the last few centuries.
List of other Goddesses and Gods
- Al-Kutbay, God of Knowledge, Commerce and Writing.
- Enki, God of Intelligence, Crafts and Mischief.